David "Derpy Drift" Adams

December 18, 2015

A New Beginning…

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Before I get started, I want to say that Derpy is STILL my car and I will still be shipping her up to work on her and see what can be done.

Project “Derpy Drift” is currently being transformed from my 1987 Chrysler Conquest TSi, over to my 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata. While I’m NOT super happy about this (for many reasons), it is the most logical move and makes the most sense both financially and in terms of motorsports logistics. Disregarding the fact that the Miata out performs a Conquest in every way imaginable, it also has an infinitely larger aftermarket and far more persons and shops that are willing to support her.

You can ask my best friends and my fiancee, I did NOT come to this decision easily. It took 3 years to decide to move on and it took weeks to decide to finally use the Miata (as opposed to buying another car).

 

With that said and out of the way, I am beginning the build now and working towards getting her ready for 2016. It won’t be the fastest build, but I should be ready to hit my first event by season open. I’ll still be mixing drifting with racing, so no need to worry. My hope is that with the availability of parts for the Miata that I am able to participate more readily and for less money than I would have if I stuck with the Conquest.

Some pics of the latest. Here’s her roll bar getting put in. We decided to purchase just a hard dog hard bar and modify from that. With the help of a MazdaSpeed MX-5 group member, Brenden, we got a slamming deal! The end result will be a welded in harness bar and structural bracing from the bar down to the rear deck.  I’ll have to draw up an idea of how I want my rear bar to be,  hopefully I can throw that together sometime here soon.

I hope you enjoy!

Pictures!

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October 29, 2015

New House! New Start! New Ways To Take Up Time!

I’ll be brief.

The question has been asked as to where I’ve been . . .the long and short is, I got a new house out in Fishers, Indiana (used to live in Carmel) which is far more conducive to car-guy life. It’s a bigger house, with a HUGE yard, far more storage space and a lot more going for it in terms of atmosphere and things to do.

Now that I have the additional space, once money levels back off, I’ll be bringing Derpy up and she’ll be getting some first-hand attention.

This should be cool!

PICS!

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August 29, 2015

Wheels, Tires and Road Trips, Oh my!

Filed under: Photos and Videos, The Build — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , — D.Adams Drift @ 6:03 pm

Hey all, so this should be a fairly quick update, pics only I’m afraid.

Did some purchasing, did some shopping around and got a great deal on wheels.

Before we get started, I want EVERYONE READING THIS to go over to A-Spec Wheels and Tires LLC and bookmark their page. The next time you need some wheels for your daily driver, show car or track toy, look them up FIRST. Tell them I sent you and maybe they’ll give you a good price . . .maybe they’ll charge you more. I think Nick is a little jelly of my MSM, LOL!

I’ll go into detail on that in a minute, but first, I want to start my story by saying that I am doing a second build, LOL! It’s official. The MSM is officially being turned into another project. At first the plan was just to play around with a few things, spice it up a notch and have fun while doing it. With the realization that my next modification for this car is going to be a megasquirt ECU, I think that officially puts the car in Project Status.

I want to bump my wheels down to something a little more usable and decided to go with a set of 16s. Now those who know me, know I hate spending unnecessary money on wheels so I try to find deals. My good friend, now viewed more as a little brother, William, showed me a deal on some Twisted Spoke Miata 16’s for only 100 dollars! Yes, you read that correctly . . 100 bucks for twisted spokes! The catch? Oh there’s always a catch . . .I had to go ALL THE WAY to Troy, Ohio to get them 😦

Oh well, that’s what luxury cars are for, right? So I hopped in the Verano, put on my Creepypasta playlist (yeah, I listen to creepypastas, what of it? LOL!) and headed off on the 2 and a half hour venture.

When I get there, I load up these awesome puppies:

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Then head back home . . .

Oh yeah, I’m definitely a happy camper!

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A few days pass and I get a notification letting me know that my wheels from A-Spec have arrived! With too much excitement to wait, I decide that I better go get them, besides . . .it gives me an excuse to drive my car again, LOL!

Wheels go here

Wheels go here

See, I told you!

See, I told you!

I get them home, unpack them and immediately get VERY excited as I realize this project is coming together quite nicely.

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I am going to take my time as much as possible as I still have another track car, other hobbies, a fiancee and other responsibilities to adhere to, but I think this will be a fun project that should tide my car-guy side over until my Derpy is ready!

I hope this was fun for ya and I hope you check back as we continue the build!

Thanks for checking it out!

May 24, 2014

Rental Car Reviews: Episode 1

Filed under: Photos and Videos, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , — D.Adams Drift @ 9:53 pm

Alright everyone, here’s a new segment I’m trying out on my channel. It’s called Rental Car Reviews. Along with GT Channel, I’ll be taking various rental cars and seeing just how well they stack up to their required duties as a rental. If they can survive me, and pass MY tests, they’ll surely meet your standards.

I hope you enjoy!

 

April 23, 2014

LET THE MODDING BEGIN! ROTARY = HEAVEN!

Hey everyone in internet land, David Adams here again. Bringing you another VLOG update and some progress on the RX7. Derpy is still in the shop, the mechanics are making sure everything is in line and all of the ducks are in a row before tearing loose on her, so we’re still focusing on the 7 for now. We’ve done some upgrades and got some new stuff rocking like a new master cylinder, upgraded brakes and . . hehe . . well . . .you’ll see in the VLOG! So without any delay . . .lets tear into it!

 

Got the new pads and rotors in! EBC Yellowstuffs and SP Performance Slotted rotors! These feel amazing already, I can’t wait until they’re fully broken in!

 

You can see the old, very worn, rotors as compared to the new ones. The reason the new ones are that color is because of the protective coating. That wears off during break-in.

 

The stock pads compared to the EBCs. BIG difference and it was time to get those changed out anyway. So why not go with the Top-Of-The-Line setup for street/track?

 

Uh oh! Hehehe . . .what’s he doing up there? :3

 

This may be the MOST literal picture you see this year! A Rotary Lift Lifting a Rotary!

 

VIDEO TIME!

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you so much for tuning in! If you like what you see, please share, like, comment and subscribe! It’ll mean a WHOLE lot!

April 14, 2014

THE NEW KID ON THE BLOCK! 1990 RX7 S5 Turbo II

Filed under: Photos and Videos, The Build — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , — D.Adams Drift @ 2:05 pm

Now that I’ve got your attention, I’ll lead in by saying that this car is NOT a replacement for Derpy. The plans for this bad boy are to make it my streetable track car. It’ll get coilovers, a good brake system and some tuning, but outside of that, it’ll mostly remain a street car. The plan is, if it’s not in the mountains, on a joy ride or at the track, it’ll be parked or at the shop (apex seals, LOL)

 

A little about the car:

It’s a 1990 FC3S Turbo II, it’s got 166k on it, and it’s on its second engine. This engine comes DIRECTLY from Japan and was rebuilt before going in. It’s a one owner car, yep, the previous owner bought it BRAND NEW, and it feels like it! Everything (with very little exception) is very tight and it pulls strong. It needs some odds and ends, but for the price I got it and the condition its in, I’m not complaining. Hopefully this will progress into a nice little side project that I can tinker on while the shop has their hands on Derpy.

 

I’ll post some pics, then we’ll get on with the VLOG post.

 

Picking the 7 up. Had to drive down to Destin to get it! Good hike but totally worth the time!

 

Front shot and don’t worry, that plate holder is off and will remain that way until I can think of something ricey to put on it, LOL!

 

Finally home with it. Unloaded it and got some much deserved sleep! Very excited!

 

 

And here’s the video from the latest VLOG about it.

 

March 31, 2014

Talladega Shake Down Run!

Filed under: Photos and Videos, Track Time — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , — D.Adams Drift @ 6:20 pm

Hey all! Finally got Derpy out on the track and BOY WAS IT A BLAST!!!

 

Blew the turbo up though, LOL! Yeah, that happened.  I feel it HAD to happen, however, because if it didn’t, I wouldn’t know that she still needs work. I’m the kind of person that if it runs, I’ll race it. You can even see after losing all boost I still get out there and beat the crap out of her until she completely loses power and I get called in.

 

Soooo much fun out there, I’ll hush now and let the video do all the talking!

 

March 24, 2014

THE CAGE EVOLVES! I CHOOSE YOU!

Filed under: Photos and Videos, The Build — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — D.Adams Drift @ 11:39 pm

Just a quick one here . . .the cage has been legalized for SCCA and NASA competition. So we’re ready to start climbing and battling . . .more updates as they happen. Her first track day is this Sunday, March 30th . . .let’s hope it pans out for the best!

ON WITH THE VIDEO!

March 15, 2014

Slowly But Surely Coming Together! New Cage Work

Got my car dropped off at Team 1 Motorsports to get my cage modified so it can conform to SCCA/NASA spec. The long and short of it is, a 6-point cage is perfectly fine, but it lacked the necessary cross brace and harness bar to get things up to code. That said, all of that was added and the results are so awesome, I can’t wait!

 

First, Jon (my fabricator and mechanic) got the tube notched and ready to weld.

 

Cross brace tacked into place and fitted. All that is left from here is to complete the welds and get the harness bar in.

 

 

The man is SUCH a genius with this stuff. He makes it look SO easy!

 

I can’t wait to continue with the roll cage project. We have ONE thing to do before we continue the cage. I’ll let you know what that thing is once all of the pieces are in place.

 

The cage will go forward with rear-strut-tower bracing and door bars. Then we MAY do a halo X-Brace . . .we’ll see.

 

 

Thanks so much for viewing!

 

February 26, 2014

VLOG3 and a Shake Down Run! AAAWWW YEAH!

I don’t really have a schedule for updating the blog, but I’ll try to do at least one a week. Please forgive any delays in posting, the racing season is picking up and so is work as an IT Consultant so I’m strung between two lines, LOL!  But enough about that!

The fun stuff. Got the car back up and running and she looks SOOOOOO awesome! Can’t wait to get to her first drift event. I’ve had a lot go on so I’m just gonna let the pictures and videos do the talking. We’ve gotten a lot done, new aero, cage welded down and reinforced, engine put back together and a shake down run! WHAT?! Yeah . . .I said it!

So let’s see these pics!

 

We saw the cage when it was mocked up, now it’s finalized. Next up is to put an SCCA Brace in it, that will happen before our first event.

 

Here’s a shot of how the cage and Derpy look in the car with everything buttoned up. Photo credit to Brandon Andrews

This is during the shake down run. The valve cover gasket wasn’t fitted properly (it was too large) so we had to modify it and seal it with gasket maker. Worked WONDERS! Photo Credit to Brandon Andrews.

This is how she currently sits. I love it! The wing and tow hook may not be for everyone, but I enjoy it. And it will be SO MUCH FUN at the track!

Here’s a cool shot from the mountain run! We see most of the “team” lined up. I put “team” in quotes because we’re anything but, we’re just a group of guys who likes to have fun! Respect for ourselves and respect for one another, that’s the code we live by! That’s the code we drive by!

 

 

 

 

I also had the change to get a VLOG up. So here’s VLOG 3, explaining the final steps on getting the car running and the body modifications setup. As always, the video will explain everything!

 

 

Click Here to Watch VLOG 3: The Head Gasket Returns and She LIVES!

 

 

I also got some video from my solo Shake Down run this past Sunday. The video below will show you the fun (and mistakes) that were had. It took some getting used to and the chassis is now more rigid that the suspension wants to deal with. So that’s a thing I’ll have to look into with my suspension setup. It’ll get all dialed in, piece by piece. I’m not gonna rush it.

At any rate . . . on with the video!

 

Click Here To Watch Derpy’s Mountain Run Shake Down!

 

 

Thank you so much for viewing! I hope you enjoyed!

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